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1955 Balmain Haute Couture: Study Series

  • 1 hour
  • 1,005 US dollars
  • Santa Barbara Street

Service Description

This incredible Balmain Haute Couture Dress offers students a unique opportunity to uncover and study the meticulous craftsmanship of one of the most iconic post-war fashion houses. Founded in 1945 by the visionary Pierre Balmain, the House of Balmain quickly rose to prominence, transforming the world of fashion with its opulent and boldly feminine designs. Monsieur Balmain’s signature style, marked by richly embroidered fabrics, nipped-in waists, and fuller skirts, was a stark departure from the utilitarian looks of the day. His designs captivated both European and Hollywood royalty, making Balmain a favorite among the fashion elite. Pierre Balmain’s career began at the atelier of Lucien Lelong, where he collaborated with legendary designers such as Christian Dior and Hubert de Givenchy. When he established his own couture legacy, success followed swiftly, thanks to his mastery of couture techniques. Alongside fashion luminaries like Cristobal Balenciaga and Jacques Fath, Pierre Balmain played a pivotal role in revitalizing Paris couture after the challenges of the German occupation. Our museum proudly houses a remarkable piece of fashion history—an exquisite Balmain Haute Couture dress from circa 1955/1957. This majestic cocktail or ball gown, crafted in silk ottoman embroidered Champagne, embodies the essence of Balmain’s design philosophy. What You Will Learn: 1. Couture Techniques: Students will have the opportunity to study and appreciate the meticulous craftsmanship behind this couture masterpiece. From the pleated satin detailing on the chest to the corolla skirt with layers of tulle and taffeta petticoats, the dress showcases couture techniques at their finest. 2. Embellishments: Explore the art of embroidery with this dress, which features rich satin stitch embroidery inspired by the Age of Light. The embroidery, executed with silk threads, pearls, cabochons, rhinestones, chenillettes, and metallic sequins, evokes the opulence of the Hall of Mirrors at the Château de Versailles. Discover the intricacies of embroidery from renowned ateliers like Lesage and Maison Rébé. 3. Material Analysis: Learn about the materials used in this exquisite garment. Exploring the Balmain Haute Couture Dress at the Couture Pattern Museum is an exceptional educational experience. It offers students the chance to unravel the mysteries of couture craftsmanship, appreciate the artistry of embroidery, and connect with the legacy of a fashion visionary.

Cancellation Policy

To cancel or reschedule, please notify us three days in advance.

Contact Details

  • 1332 Santa Barbara St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, USA


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